In Surprise Move, Puerto Rico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Patients for Medical Cannabis

from Rolling Stone

Puerto Rico’s governor paves way for decriminalization of medicinal cannabis effective immediately

By Daniel Kreps May 4, 2015

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order legalizing the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory. Ricardo Arduengo/AP

In a surprise move, Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed an executive order legalizing the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory. The order, which was heavily debated in Puerto Rico since 2013 but never put to a public vote, went into immediate effect. The Caribbean island joins 23 other U.S. states in decriminalizing medical marijuana, The Associated Press reports.

“We’re taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life,” García Padilla said in a statement. “I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope.” The governor…

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